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Mets Morning News: New look Mets score fifteen runs, trade rumors galore

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Your Sunday morning dose of Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

The Mets routed the Dodgers at Citi Field on Saturday night, scoring an impressive fifteen runs. Lucas Duda hit a couple of home runs, Michael Conforto had four hits and drew a walk, newcomer Kelly Johnson hit a home run, and that doesn't even cover all of it. Matt Harvey gave up two runs in seven innings. It was a good night in Queens.

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The Mets are still looking to make a big trade. There are seemingly plenty of good players still available. What we're saying here is they are looking at a big move.

Matt Harvey seems to be getting comfortable with his slider again, which would be bad news for opposing hitters and good news for the Mets.

Now that Johnson and Juan Uribe are on the roster, Terry Collins sees an opportunity to hold players accountable if they are not performing by reducing their playing time. And Johnson had some very nice things to say about his new team's starting rotation.

If you were wondering what Jacoby Ellsbury thought of Conforto, well, here you go. Again, he had a very good night. And his dad was proud to watch his breakout night.

Juan Uribe just knows how to win.

In case you missed it, Michael Conforto became the 1,000th player to play for the Mets when he joined the team on Friday. Since he got into a game before Juan Uribe, we'll say Kelly Johnson takes him 1,001st honors.

Around the NL East

Unfortunately, the Nationals won, beating the Pirates in a rout of their own and keeping the Mets three games back in the division.

The Braves lost to the Cardinals despite a very good outing by Shelby Miller against his former team.

In a game that matters for draft slots next year, the Marlins beat the Padres.

And last but not least, you might have heard that Cole Hamels is on the trade block. Well, he went out and threw a no-hitter last night. Oh and he no-hit the Cubs, which pulls the Mets one game closer to them in the Wild Card race. That leaves the Giants in the second Wild Card spot, the Giants 1.5 back and the Mets 3.5 back.

Around MLB

The Royals almost traded for Johnny Cueto, but the deal fell through. And apparently things worked out, as Ken Rosenthal now has Cueto going to the Royals.

Yesterday at AA

The Mets have asked about trading for Troy Tulowitzki. More trade rumors with some on Justin Upton. Also Zack Wheeler as potential trade bait.

We took a look at what the Mets' lineup and infield might look like with Uribe and Johnson on the roster. Meet Johnson here. Meet Uribe here.

Jeff Paternostro writes up the two prospects the Mets sent to the Braves for Johnson and Uribe.

Travis d'Arnaud rehab assignment shifted to the Binghamton Mets.

Logan Verrett is back, at least temporarily while Jon Niese is on paternity leave.

This date in Mets history

John Maine had a great start on this date a few years back.